Have you ever seen colours whilst having a massage? Perhaps you’ve given a massage during which your client reported seeing colours? It’s actually surprisingly common and there are many theories as to what it means.
A recent client of mine reported seeing a big expanse of colour throughout her treatment, which was mainly purple and lime green. I found this intriguing, as it was the first time I’d experienced this directly with a client. So I decided to look into it a bit further.
Colours can invoke different reactions in different people and we each associate them with different feelings, emotions and thoughts. They are often used in healing and energy work as part of the surroundings or as visualisations. Those who can see auras report seeing different colours around different people.
Colours and the chakras
Colours are also strongly related to the chakras – seven energy centres in the body which are said to hold our spiritual power. Each chakra corresponds to a location in the body, represents an emotion and is associated with a colour, an element, a sense, a gemstone and even a mantra.
In terms of the colours, the basic associations for each chakra are as follows:
1. Root Chakra > Red
Foundation, feeling grounded, security, survival instinct.
2. Sacral Chakra > Orange
Connection to others, emotions, sexuality, intimacy.
3. Naval Chakra > Yellow
Self-confidence, energy, desire, power.
4. Heart Chakra > Green
Ability to love, feel hope and compassion.
5. Throat Chakra > Blue
Communication, self-expression, creativity, healing.
6. Third Eye Chakra > Indigo
Seeing the bigger picture, intuition, imagination, psychic senses.
7. Crown Chakra > Violet
Connection to spirituality, understanding, enlightenment.
Spiritual meaning of colours
Many energy workers, especially reiki healers, work with colours during their treatments and report that colours can play an integral part of healing.
According to Eileen Dey, Founder of the Reiki Training Program, the meanings associated with the most common colours are as follows:
Red is associated with energy, passion, strength, courage and aggression. It can also signify materialism and a quick temper. In healing red can be used to bring warmth and is thought to burn out disease.
Orange is associated with thoughtfulness, creativity, the world of work and the needs and wants of the physical body. In healing orange can be used to increase immunity and sexual energy.
Yellow is associated with intellectual development, creativity, happiness and cowardice. In healing yellow can be used to promote clarity of thought.
Green is associated with envy, money, luck, balance, peace and fertility. It is beneficial in all healing situations, as green is the colour of healing.
Blue is associated with spirituality, serenity, intuition, inspiration and inner peace, as well as with sadness and depression. In healing blue can be used for cooling and calming, both physically and mentally.
Indigo is associated with psychic ability and spiritual truth. In healing indigo can be used for relaxation, reassurance and promoting psychism.
Purple is associated with power and spiritual development. In healing purple can be used for mental disorders and for becoming one with Spirit.
White is associated with truth, purity, cleansing, healing and protection. In healing white can be used generally for the removal of pain and suffering.
Gold is associated with understanding, luck and service to others. It is the most powerful healing colour, in fact it can be so powerful that many people struggle with it initially.
Pink is associated with friendship, unconditional love and a balance between the spiritual and the material.
Brown is associated with practicality, common sense, being down-to-earth, concentration and study.
Black is associated with evil as well as with mystery, the unconscious and something being hidden. In healing black can be used to promote deep meditation.
Seeking clarity within
When I shared some of this information with my client, she found it fascinating and very relevant. She said she was feeling creative and needing to find balance in her life, and that the colours she saw seemed to be giving her a message.
So, the next time you or a client sees colours during a massage or other treatment, this could be a reflection of certain emotions being felt or a particular state of mind being experienced. It could indicate a blockage in one of the chakras, or it could be the universe’s way of showing you what you need to work on right now.
However you choose to view it, seeing colours during a massage can be a wonderfully enriching and healing experience. Why not book a Thai massage with me today and see if you have any similar sensory experiences.
Hannah Moss is a Thai Massage Therapist based in Brighton. She left her corporate office job to travel to India and Thailand to study and follow her passions in yoga and Thai Massage. Hannah finds giving massages a truly rewarding experience and strongly resonates with the sentiment that “Thai massage is the art of giving from two hands and the heart”. To read more about Hannah click here
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